Gov't making arrangements to extricate Filipinos in Afghanistan – DFA

Published August 16, 2021, 9:35 AM

by Roy Mabasa

In view of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said it is currently undertaking arrangements for the repatriation of Filipinos still left in Kabul.

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“The Department and its Foreign Service Posts in the region and beyond are exploring all avenues of cooperation and are closely coordinating with governments and international partners to guarantee their immediate and safe passage,” the DFA said in a statement.

DFA Assitant Secretary for Public and Cultural Diplomacy Eduardo Meñez said there are 130 Filipinos left in Afghanistan at this point.

It was reported that 32 Filipinos were evacuated last night and are now in Doha awaiting their confirmed flights to the Philippines.

According to the DFA, another group composed of 19 Filipinos are also set to leave immediately.

The DFA has recently issued Alert Level 4 for the whole of Afghanistan due to the uncertain security situation in the country.

While other foreign governments have been evacuating their citizens, the DFA maintained its call for all Filipinos in Afghanistan to join the repatriation effort and to immediately contact the Philippine Embassy in Pakistan or OFWHelp through the following details:

Whatsapp/Viber: +923335244762

Messenger/Facebook: facebook.com/atnofficers.islamabadpe or facebook.com/OFWHelpPH

EMAIL: [email protected].

 
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